Come gather around for this drop-in, free SPIN show as part of Southbank’s Imagine Children’s Festival.

Join the word warriors of Apples and Snakes word warriors for a fun-filled day of raps, poems and stories.

We have an energetic line up for you including Plot17’s very own Kenny Baraka, seasoned storyteller Jan Blake, bubbly host Zohab Zee Khan, and friendly faces from the SPIN Anthology – Ioney Smallhorne and Shagufta K Iqbal.

This interactive performance for children aged 5+ celebrates the launch of a new poetry anthology for children, edited by Joseph Coelho, the Waterstones Children’s Laureate.

The show will run from 10.30am – 12.30pm and a second run from 1.30pm – 3.30pm that will be BSL interpreted.

SPIN will be held in the ballroom space at Southbank. Step into an interactive workshop or sit back and enjoy the poetry, stories and songs. You’re welcome to join us at any time, but we think once you get a taste you won’t want to leave!

SPIN Anthology

Called SPIN, the anthology features ten diverse poets from across the country. It’s published in March 2024, but you have a chance to buy a copy at this event before it officially hits the shelves.

Fifty poems selected by Joseph Coelho open windows on a new generation’s thoughts, dreams and desires, and on an exciting new wave of poetic talent 

Joseph has chosen poems from ten debut poets, all from diverse/under-represented backgrounds. Selected for their qualities of originality, expression and style, they represent the best of a new generation of gifted young poets writing for children and young people.

These are poems intended to be read aloud and shared. 

Themes range from video gaming to ice skating and football, hair, holidays, sisterhood, generational memories, friendship, the sense of self, personal experiences, music, and family life. 

The poets are Anneliese Amoah, Antoinette Brooks, Sadatu Fatu, Eileen Gbago, Shagufta K. Iqbal, Gayathiri  Kathamalakon, Rowan Kiffin Murray, Jay Sandhu, Ioney  Smallhorne, and Jasmine Thien.

Presented in collaboration with Apples and Snakes and The National Poetry Library.

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